The AFL-CIO helps people who want to form unions so that they can bargain collectively with their employers for better working conditions and much more. The organization aims to ensure that all working people are treated fairly, receive a good paycheck and benefits, safe jobs, respect, and equal opportunities. The federation serves as an independent voice in politics and legislation for working women and men so that lawmakers can hear their concerns. The AFL-CIO has deep community roots that extend to countries across the globe as it partners locally, nationally, and worldwide with allies who share the values of working families.
Priorities include “creating good jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports; improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage; keeping good jobs at home by reforming trade rules, reindustrializing the U.S. economy and redoubling efforts at worker protections in the global economy; strengthening Social Security and private pensions; ensuring fair tax policies; making high-quality, affordable health care available to everyone; and holding corporations more accountable for their actions.” (Source: AFLCIO.org)
To have a voice on the job, working men and women need to stand together in solidarity. The strength of unions lets them speak out about improvements that need to be made, including safer working conditions and better wages. This creates communities with better standards of living and strengths the middle class.